Table 2. Possible Substitutions for Household Toxics
(Edited from A Guide to the Safe Use and Disposal of Hazardous Household Products, Metroplitan Area Planning Council, MA)
Hand out for Potential Hazards in Your Home 9-12 Activity
Trash Goes To School
Cornell Waste Management Institute

 Instead Of:  Try:
 Air Freshener  Set vinegar out in an open dish.
 Drain Cleaner  Pour boiling water down the drain, or use a plunger or a metal snake.
 Furniture Polish 1 tsp. lemon oil in 1 pint mineral oil, or rub crushed raw nuts on the wood for an oily polish.
 Houseplant Insecticides  Wash leaves with soapy water, then rinse.
 Mothballs  Put clothes in cedar chests, or place cedar chips around clothes.
 Oven Cleaner  Salt, baking soda, water (and elbow grease!).
 Roach Spray Chopped bay leaves and cucumber skins, or boric acid (sold in powdered form), or 1 part borax and 1 part brown sugar set out in dishes (these are not as effective, and the latter two may be hazardous to animals and children).
 Silver Cleaner Soak silver in 1 qt. warm water containing 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, and a piece of aluminum foil.
 Toilet-Bowl Cleaner  1/2 cup bleach.
 Window Cleaner  2 tbsp. vinegar in 1 qt. water